Monday, April 13, 2015

I've been meaning to post this piece that was made a few months ago.  If you're a lucky Californian, the Long Beach Flea market is open every third Sunday of the month. Stumbled upon a vendor selling boxes full of vintage California themed matchbooks and picked out a few dozen that had some vibrant coloring and artwork. A few had raised, embossed text which I really loved.

These matchbooks looked to be in pristine condition with all matches intact to give it a more 3 dimensional look. I thought it might look interesting if mounted in a shadowbox type picture frame. One stop shop, of course, is Ikea. Picked out the Ribba frame which has a 1.75" depth perfect to showcase the matchbooks. Actually hangs nicely in the bathroom for your guests to do a bit of reading while they do their business.


  • Cardstock or thick paper - for the backing in color of your choice. White shown below.
  • Double sided tape - keeps the matchbooks easily attached to the cardstock. 
  • Frame and bam, one of a kind wall hanging complete. 

Framed Vintage Matchbooks - Wall Art
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Framed Vintage Matchbooks - Wall Art

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What exactly is a headboard for and do I really need a bed frame? It's really all up to you. My room sketched below shows only the box springs wrapped in fabric to act as an upholstered frame/base. Instructions on Crafty C0rn3r and many other sites.

Here is a little Headboard History according to Houzz:

"The pictorial history of the headboard starts with the Egyptian pharaohs. Headboards carved in ebony, silver and gold (clearly more for show than comfort) are depicted in many early drawings.

Next were the Greeks and Romans. More practical in their approach, they designed a basic wooden platform with a headboard to protect themselves from cold drafts. The headboard allowed them to eat and even socialize around the bed, making the bedroom the main entertaining area in the home.

With the Middle Ages came the canopy and fourposter designs. More intricate and elaborate, the bed became the most expensive and important piece of furniture in both rich and poor homes.

The Tudor reproduction headboard and base shown here are simply decorated and perfect examples of the era, yet they fit comfortably in a 21st-century setting.

Upholstered headboards (or stuffers, as they were originally known) became popular during the 17th century, as the demand for comfort increased and draping fabric on canopy beds died out. "

Today, we mainly use headboards as a statement piece, so why not opt for art instead? Thanks to Pinterest and photoshop,  I've posted a tangible collage of my dreams.

P.S. If anyone knows where I can get a similar upcycled CB2 pillow (in a similar color scheme) no longer for sale I would greatly appreciate the feedback.

Items can be found with links below:

  • Currently obsessed with Josh Brill's plant and animal illustrations shown in sketches below - visit his site here: 
  • Yellow vintage Weatherhead tool box, available on Etsy here
  • Pintucked cotton duvet, available at Westelm here
  • Solid colored Washi tape, $3. Available on amazon here
  • White/Black swing arm Desk Lamp by Boston Harbor, $31.80. Available on Amazon here
  • Tiered Tree lamp by Better Homes, $56. This floor lamp is a steal. I love the simple stems with the adjustable globe light settings.
    • Similar Globe Table Lamp available at West Elm here, $199
  • Striped 5' x 8' navy cotton staggered rug from Rugs USA here, $99
    • Similar Stockholm Rug at Ikea here, $199
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